Ross Terrio

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Ross Terrio
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Board Member, Manchester Board of School Committee, Ward 7
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember 3, 2015
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
New Hampshire House of Representatives, Hillsborough 14
2010 - 2012
Bachelor'sMassachusetts College of Pharmacy
Associate'sMassoit Community College
J.D.University of New Hampshire, School of Law
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Ross Terrio is the Ward 7 member of the Manchester Board of School Committee. The seat was up for primary election on September 17. Terrio won in the general election on November 5, 2013 against challenger Lisa A. Witte. Terrio is also a former Republican member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, representing Hillsborough 14 from 2010 to 2012.


Ross Terrio resides in Manchester, New Hampshire with his wife and three children.[1] He earned an A.S. degree in Electronics from Massoit Community College, a B.S. degree in Pharmacy from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and a J.D. degree in law from the University of New Hampshire, School of Law.[2] Terrio is a pharmacist for the Catholic Medical Center and had served as both a volunteer attorney and teacher's aide.[3] Terrio is also a licensed pilot and has worked as a flight instructor.[2] From 2010 to 2012, he served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives representing Hillsborough 14.[3] Terrio made unsuccessful bids for the New Hampshire House of Representatives Hillsborough 14 seat in 2006 and 2008, and he ran unsuccessfully ran for an at-large seat on the Manchester Board of School Committee in 2011.[4][5]



See also: Manchester School District elections (2013)


Manchester School District, Ward 7 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoss Terrio 50.2% 577
     Nonpartisan Lisa A. Witte 39.6% 455
     Nonpartisan Blanks 10.2% 117
     Nonpartisan Write-in Votes 0% 0
Total Votes 1,149
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2013 Municipal General Election - November 5, 2013," accessed November 6, 2013


Terrio reported $684.32 in contributions and $684.32 in expenditures to the City of Manchester.[6]


Ross Terrio received an endorsement for his campaign from the New Hampshire Union Leader.[7]


Manchester School District, At-large General Election, 2-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Staub 34.1% 7,108
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDavid M. Wihby 31.9% 6,648
     Nonpartisan Joshua A. Harwood 17.6% 3,673
     Nonpartisan Ross W. Terrio 16.5% 3,432
Total Votes 20,861
Source: City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 21, 2013

Campaign themes

Terrio's campaign website does not list campaign themes for 2013, however, he did provide the following campaign themes during his 2011 campaign for an at-large seat:[8]

"I want to ensure that Manchester students get a great education. I care about the Manchester public schools because my three children are all enrolled. I volunteer as a teacher’s aide and see the problems that face our schools such as large class size. I also want to fix school reorganization, redistricting and minimize the affect of budget cuts. I will negotiate with the Mayor and Aldermen in an open and honest manner to resolve problems and find solutions without the use of tricks and threats, as has the current school committee."

What was at stake?

At-large incumbents Kathy Staub and David M. Wihby sought re-election, as well Sarah S. Ambrogi, Debra G. Langton, Chris Stewart, Ted Rokas, Dan Bergeron, Erika Connors, Arthur J. Beaudry and John B. Avard in their respective wards.[9] Incumbents Roy Shoults, Dave Gelinas, Jason Cooper and Roger Beauchamp did not file for re-election and were replaced by Amy L. Bradley, Ross Terrio, Katie Desrochers and Constance "Connie" VanHouten in Wards 4, 7, 11 and 12, respectively. The only incumbent to be ousted was Dan Bergeron in Ward 6, who was beaten by challenger Robyn M. Dunphy.

District audit

On June 26, 2013, Curriculum Management Systems published its audit of the Manchester School District. The district spent $40,000 to commission the report, which criticized the size of the fifteen-member school board and its two-year terms as causes of instability in the district.[10] The audit states that, "Declining student enrollment, funding reductions, board disharmony, aging school facilities, and disparities in student performance have been long-standing issues facing the district."[11] The auditors acknowledge that, ."..the educational program a student experiences at one school may differ widely from the education a student receives at another school," and recommend that the school board create "written policies, plans, and procedures to provide a foundation for a consistent educational program" across the district.[11] Board member Arthur J. Beaudry did not agree with all of the findings and recommendations in the audit, arguing that, "The board is reluctant to pursue big changes too much because that's seen as micromanaging. So they back up, or at least some board members do."[10] Board member Christopher Stewart took a different position and referred to the audit as "terrific."[12]

Common Core

On April 29, 2013, the school board voted to approve an $83,900 contract to train district elementary and middle school teachers in the Common Core standards for English and math.[13] Local education activist Deborah Olszta criticized the vote and Common Core, stating, "Every student in the country is going to be doing same thing at same time. China can do this sort of thing, but in America, this is supposed to be an open and free-thinking society."[13] Debra G. Langton and Arthur J. Beaudry voted against the contract, with Langton questioning the necessity of the contract in light of existing budgetary issues in the district.[13]

About the district

See also: Manchester School District, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Manchester School District is located in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. The county seats of Hillsborough County are Manchester and Nashua. According to the 2010 US Census, Hillsborough County is home to 402,922 residents.[14]


Hillsborough County outperformed the rest of New Hampshire in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Hillsborough County was 7.5% compared to 8.0% for the entire state. The median household income in Hillsborough County was $70,591 compared to $64,664 for the state of New Hampshire. The US Census also found that 34.6% of Hillsborough County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 33.1% in New Hampshire.[14]

Racial Demographics, 2012[14]
Race Hillsborough County (%) New Hampshire (%)
White 91.9 94.4
African American 2.5 1.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.3
Asian 3.5 2.4
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.7 1.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[15]
Party New Hampshire Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 239,959 27.35
Republican 265,348 30.23
Undeclared 372,340 42.42

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  1. Ross Terrio, "Home," accessed August 27, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ross Terrio, "Resume," accessed August 27, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 Project Vote Smart, "Ross W. Terrio's Biography," accessed August 27, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 Follow the Money, "Terrio, Ross W," accessed August 27, 2013
  5. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "2011 Municipal General - November 8, 2011," accessed August 27, 2013
  6. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Campaign Finance Reports Filed by Candidate," accessed December 27, 2013
  7. New Hampshire Union Leader, "For School Board: Our Manchester endorsements," October 31, 2013
  8. Girard at large, "Ross Terrio Candidate for School Board at Large," October 25, 2011
  9. City of Manchester, New Hampshire, "Filings for Non-Partisan Municipal Primary Election," accessed August 21, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "School district audit report lands with a thud," June 29, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Manchester School District, "Curriculum Audit of the Manchester School District," June 27, 2013
  12. Ted Siefer, "Manchester school audit points finger at school committee itself," June 26, 2013
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Ted Siefer, New Hampshire Union Leader, "Common core education talk draws opponents in Manchester," April 30, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 United States Census Bureau, "Hillsborough County, New Hampshire," accessed August 20, 2013
  15. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "Party Registration/Names on Checklist History," accessed August 20, 2013
  16. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Election Information," accessed August 27, 2013
  17. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Election Results," accessed August 27, 2013
  18. New Hampshire Secretary of State, "2010 Election Information," accessed August 27, 2013